Saturday, March 19, 2011

Cupcakes on my mind

By Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett

Cupcake-cafe-cupcakes Why is it when we diet we think about the foods we should not have?

Since I've been dieting, I've been dreaming (and obsessed during daylight hours, too) of cupcakes.  Lots of cupcakes.  Beautiful cupcakes.  Cupcakes with floral decorations.
I've even been using the word cupcake as a sad-thought deterrent.  Yup.  A sad thought comes my way and I tell myself:  "CUPCAKE!"  I mean, it's a cheerful word.  And it brings with it a cheerful mental picture.

I think of cupcakes (which I hardly ever eat) as a reward.  I don't use the real thing as a reward, but the thought is my reward.

Carrot Cupcake Meanwhile, I'm losing weight (and not nearly as fast as I'd like) while NOT eating cupcakes. I've already got goal jeans in the closet and of course having a destination in mind (Malice Domestic next month) keeps me on track.

In the meantime, there's no harm in THINKING about cupcakes, is there?

20 comments:

Noreen said...

YUMMY!is all I can say! I watch a show called" DC Cupcakes" and they have the yummiest looking little morsels of goodness on that show!So I sit and dream of how wonderful they taste!I LOVED your new book "A Crafty Killing" Lorraine! Can't wait for next book..
Noreen

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed A Crafty Killing, Noreen. Katie is a baker: I see cupcakes in her future!

Nancy Naigle said...

There just isn't anything more fun than pretty cupcakes! Last year my Mom and I spent the week of our birthdays in Nashville. We treated ourselves to a "cupcake cake" that was two colossal cupcakes under more icing than two girls could savor in a setting --- all in the creation of a shaggy puppy. Sooo cute and soooo yummy.

I've got A Crafty Killing on the TBR pile.

Best wishes~
Nancy

Barbara said...

It just isn't fair, is it, that when we want to lose weight we obsess over all the foods we shouldn't eat. I guess it's okay to think about cupcakes, but I swear all I have to do is "think" about fattening foods and I gain weight. :-D

Lynda said...

I absolutely love making cupcakes and cupcake "cakes". There are so many fun ways to decorate them and they are amazing. But, fortunately for me, I don't care for eating them. While it's hard for my friends to understand, I don't like frosting and am not a big cake fan. Now, ice cream is a different story. Haagen Dazs Strawberry - I'm so there!

Elizabeth said...

Oh geez, I gave up cupcakes for Lent which means, of course, I'm seeing them everywhere I look.

The Cat Bastet said...

> In the meantime, there's no harm in
> THINKING about cupcakes, is there?

I'm not so sure. It seems like I gain weight just by thinking about cupcakes!

I love the beautiful photos you included. Thanks!

Cathy Akers-Jordan

Peacecat said...

Lately I've been obsessing over soap cupcakes...handmade soap that is crafted to look like the real thing. Just do a search on Etsy.com and you'll find beautiful examples.

Prairiedog said...

MMMM, chocolate. Our granddaughter had cupcakes instead of cake for her wedding a couple years ago. That was fun. I like making my own frosting, don't like the packaged kind of even the bakery kind. Butter, gotta use real butter. But... since I am also trying to drop some lbs. and improve my lipids, I just look at the pretty pictures. Think I'll go read a book. Karen

Dru said...

There's this store that makes mini-cupcakes and they look delicious. I haven't sampled one yet, but it is tempting.

Tammy said...

Lorraine, I too have "goal clothes" for Malice in my closet (and some for LCC next week too, eek!). So I certainly support you indulging only in virtual cupcakes for now! Hang tough.

Diana said...

OMG those cupcakes look good!! I know how you feel. I have goal shorts for summer and my daughters wedding in August. I hope I make her as proud as she's made me. good luck with your GOAL!

By George said...

I got your card today, "A Crafty Killing" I will definitively give it a read.
The cupcakes look so good.
got to get a hold of my eating style.. its real bad.. bad bad.

Heather Webber said...

YUM!

Tiffany0227 said...

Let me just the one to the left looks delicious. However, junk food is not my crutch. My biggest crutch is sodas. I am sooooo (can not emphasize that so enough) addicted to sodas.

Let me start by saying I hadn't had a soda in two days, even after my husband bought some pepsi's, I didn't drink one of them. I have been so proud. So today I had to go pick up my step-daughter and I had not had breakfast ( I know big NO NO)so, I went in to the store got me and her a cereal bar and without even thinking I got a fountain soda. On my way home I took a drink and thought what am I doing. (you see how addicted I am, I did it because I am so used to getting a soda when I go into a store). But, I put it down and didn't take another drink. Yay for me!!

Good Luck on the weight loss.

Nancy said...

No, no, no - have an oatmeal muffin. Actually, I ate a piece of carrot cake today, so I'm thinking nutrition, but eating sugar.

Vickie said...

Congrats on the WL!
There is a wonderful place I like to go called the Bagel Bakery and Cupcake Shop with the best gourmet cupcakes. If I feel the need for one, one fine cupcake is better than having a whole cake in the house.
I pay myself for pounds lost and workouts accomplished. My reward will be a Nook.

Shushan said...

After all those lovely pics of cupcakes, I just have one thing to say...

NOW I'm hungry!

lol

Well ~ may you be blessed with success on your diet :D

signlady217 said...

I just saw a pattern for cupcake pincushions on a quilt shop website! They were so cute! Plus, no guilt!

Here's the website: www.ShabbyFabrics.com, and the pattern is called "My Little Cupcake".

Michelle said...

Jenn McKinlay has a cozy cupcake mystery series. Buttercream Bumpoff, the second in the series, came out recently. I also like Joanne Fluke's series. She has a book called Fudge Cupcake Murder. Now I want a chocolate cupcake! Oh, I was hungry anyway.

I haven't lost any weight but I'd love to fit in more of my clothes. My thighs are too fat for some of my pants so they feel like they are riding up on my thighs. I can't do too much cardio; my thigh muscles get sore.